By A.L. RICALDE
AUTHORITIES arrested whom they called a “high-value” drug suspect and his alleged cohorts and seized over half a million pesos worth of suspect shabu on Chavez-Guillermo Sts., Barangay 33, on Thursday afternoon.
Primary suspect Jalal Ibra, 39, of Masiu, Lanao del Sur, was arrested by officers from the Cogon police and City Intelligence Unit along with Maca Angcos Gambag, 32, and Abdul Gambao, 43, of Punod, Poona Bayabao Lanao del Sur.
Police said they found out during the investigation that Gambao is a security aide of a mayor in Lanao del Sur.
Chief Insp. Harvey Abellanosa, Cogon police chief, said Ibra was subjected to a three-week surveillance prior to his arrest. He said Ibra is also considered by the police as “high-value target,” adding that the man allegedly had the capability to dispose at least 300 grams each week.
Abellanosa said police seized from Ibra 19 elongated and large packs of suspected shabu worth some P600 thousand, a P500-marked money, and a green Toyota Revo with license plates WFB-342 registered under the name of Ibra.
“Na-dispose na niya ang uban mao nga gamay-gamay ra ang among nakuha sa suspect,” Abellanosa alleged.
Police Ibra’s mainly operated in Macabalan, which is considered a drug trade “hot spot,” and neighboring barangays like Bayabas, Bonbon and Balulang.